Young performers are another thread, with three home-grown youth orchestras and two international ones, and three college or cathedral choirs - a deliberate effort, says Drummond, to give prominence to high levels of achievement at a time when the provision of music education is a hot issue. Only two commissions feature this year, from John Buller and Nicholas Sackman; but eight UK premieres include the complete Henze Requiem, given at the novel hour of 12 noon on a Sunday.
If there is a hint of tightened belts, Drummond was forthright about one of the problems: they are getting to a stage, he said, where they are losing artists through not being able to meet their demands for fees. This signals worries about keeping up the international character that the Proms have now established, though they haven't prevented a first-night spectacular with Andrew Davis conducting a starry cast in Strauss's Elektra. For the all-British last night Davis hands over to Barry Wordsworth, and the patriotic mezzo this year is Della Jones. All concerts will go out on Radio 3; several are live on television, possibly including Wynton Marsalis's late-night jazz programme. Maurizio Pollini, a notably reluctant presence on screen, gets there on 6 September.Reuse content